There are ways to gain some moving-around room, even in a small space.

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Q: We have an existing closet that we want to remodel into a small bathroom. What fixture choices do you recommend for small bathroom areas? We are willing to give up storage space for a little more moving-around room.

A: This is an easy choice for me since I have worked in many small bathrooms.

For small powder-room areas, just like any bathroom area, I recommend you install a good venting fan.

Next, look into a round-front toilet bowl. Or better yet — but more expensive — you can find residential wall-hung toilets with the water tank concealed in the wall.

Speaking of wall-hung fixtures, a wall-hung bathroom sink can also help you pick up some valuable space. Wall-mounted sinks feature natural space-saving designs, and they can do it with classic styling and versatility. Many wall-hung sinks can be used with standard bathroom faucets and have wide, flat rims for a little shelving.

There’s no need to give up comfort while you’re looking to pick up space.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit